Card Swaps with Friends


There’s nothing more satisfying than stamping and creating a card, knowing that the recipient is going to love it!  Okay, I’m not bragging on myself! I am part of a group of friends who have lately (this is only our 2nd swap) started creating and swapping cards.  Card swaps among friends are the best! You know the reaction your swaps get will be great, and everyone there appreciates the time, effort and creativity that goes into creating.

I’m actually pre-writing this post, as we do our swap on Friday (which is tomorrow for me), and I’m leaving for Scotland on Sunday, when this post is scheduled.   That is, we have to be at the airport for 3:30 am on Sunday morning! So you KNOW I’m not writing this post on Sunday, and I know that Saturday will be spent doing laundry, packing, and running to the store to pick up ‘that thing’ I forgot to get last week!


So for now, you’ll just see the cards that I’ve created.  You’ll have to wait until I get home and have a chance to photograph the ones I receive.  Today I’m going to show you the first one I created.

Since I had preordered the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Framelits, I decided to use that bundle for one of the cards.  It’s never to early to get started on Christmas cards, right?!

Card Swaps with Friends


I love the simplicity of this card, with the added ‘wow’ of the Silver Glimmer Paper and the frame around the front panel.

The first step was to die cut the frame, using the Card Front Builder Thinlits.  First you die cut the top of the card panel, then switch the thinlit around and die cut the bottom. You definitely want to use either the Precision Plate or a shim with your Big Shot, to get those narrow pieces to pop out.

After creating the frame, I then placed the duo tree thinlit in the upper half of the card, and die cut the trees. The sentiment from the Carols of Christmas set is stamped in Real Red ink onto the bottom half of the panel.


Once the die cutting and stamping were done, I wrapped a length of 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Tranquil Tide across the middle, securing each end around the sides of the panel with Tear & Tape. I then cut a smaller length of the ribbon, and tied a knot at the center.

The Silver Glimmer Paper was cut to size, so it covered the tree die cuts.  It is held in place with Tear & Tape, on the back of the panel.

Finally, the front panel was attached to a Tranquil Tide cardstock base, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Of course it wouldn’t be a finished card without a stamped inside, and envelope as well!

Card Swaps Among Friends

I cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Whisper White cardstock to line the inside. The sentiment is from a long-retired set, stamped in Real Red ink.  Adding to the inside is the positive die cut of the trees, which had been die cut from the front panel.  No going to waste!! Plus it adds such a nice touch, with the white-on-white.  In the first picture, you can see that I stamped the envelopes with the snowflake image, in Tranquil Tide ink.  No envelope left naked, as our CEO Sara Douglass would say! 🙂


You don’t have to wait until September’s release of the Holiday Catalogue -you can order the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Framelits NOW! While I’m away on holiday, order directly from my online store by clicking on the images below.  Plus, everyone who orders a minimum $25 (before tax/shipping) during August using HOST CODE NPSAM4B2 will receive a thank  you gift from me in September – from the Holiday Catalogue!

Thanks for visiting today – be sure to check back for more project sharing, and maybe some pictures from Scotland! (if I can get the technology to work!) 🙂




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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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